Thought Virat Kohli Was Best, But Steve Smith On Another Level, Says Australia Coach Justin Langer

Thought Virat Kohli Was Best, But Steve Smith On Another Level, Says Australia Coach Justin Langer

Thought Virat Kohli Was Best, But Steve Smith On Another Level, Says Australia Coach Justin Langer 

New Delhi : Steve Smith's double century and 92-ball 82 help Australia beat England by 185 runs in the fourth Ashes Test match. Australia is leading 2-1 in five-match series with a match to go. Smith has made a remarkable comeback to the Test cricket after serving a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, scoring 671 in five innings of the ongoing Ashes 2019. Australia coach Justin Langer didn't hesitate to rate Steve Smith above India captain Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper has recently lost his top position in the ICC Test batsmen's rankings to the former Australia skipper.

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"I thought Virat Kohli was the best batsman I've ever seen because of the way he plays in all forms, but Steve Smith... That's another level," Justin Langer told Sky Sports, as quoted by AFP.

"He's a great problem-solver. His hunger for the game, I've never seen anything like it," he added.

Langer also praised Pat Cummins, who ranks first in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings.

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"We've got the best fast bowler in the world (Pat Cummins) and the best Test batsman in the world," Langer said.

Smith scored 211 runs off 319 balls. In his innings, he scored 24 boundaries and two sixes, to take Australia to a confident first innings total of 497 for eight after opting to bat.

The former Australian skipper followed it up with an 82 ball knock including 11 boundaries. Australia set a target of 383 for England to win the fourth Ashes Test.

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Cummins claimed two dismissals off two deliveries in the first over of England's chase in Manchester. He took a total of seven wickets in two innings for Australia.

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